As part of his guest-editorship at Metro World News in Paris today, Karl Lagerfeld gave his opinions on the day's top stories. Unsurprisingly, he said some awkward, offensive things that everyone will chortle at and then dismiss ("Oh, Karl!"). Here's a sampling.
On Lana Del Rey:
I prefer Adele and Florence Welch. But as a modern singer she is not bad.The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She's not alone with implants.
On the Greek economic crisis:
Nobody wants Greece to disappear, but they have really disgusting habits — Italy as well.
On Russian women:
If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men.
On M.I.A. flipping the bird:
Nowadays people give the middle finger quite quickly — it's not the best behavior. Everybody does that, what's new about that? It's just become a bad habit. People in magazines are 50 percent bimbo and 50 percent pregnant women.
On the Obamas:
Yes he does [deserve to be re-elected], especially because of Mrs. Obama. I'm a big fan of Mrs. Obama – and her face, I think, is magical. He would not be there without her. Mrs. Obama is not a fashion statement, but she has other things to do. My favorite thing about Mrs Obama was when she was asked if her skirt was not too tight and she answered "Why you don't like my big black ass?"* I want [Barack] Obama to win because there is nothing better anyway, and especially because of her.
I never voted in my life. I will never vote. I know too much about politics from what's going on backstage. To vote you have to believe all that garbage that they promise you, and they can't keep those promises. If someone gave me an Obama pin, I would just put it on.
On being politically correct:
Be politically correct, but don't become a bore for that. People should be sensitive in these matters, but not make so much noise. Be politically correct, but do we have to know your opinion?
Well, now we know his.
* In case you were wondering whether she ACTUALLY said this, the answer is no: "Mrs. Obama never made that statement," says Kristina Schake, Michelle Obama's director of communications.